• baby getting head measured
  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
  • mom kissing smiling baby
  • nurse taking blood pressure
  • three older ladies exercising
  • immunization in arm
  • various foods

Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called "e-cigs", "e-hookahs", "mods", "vape pens", "vapes", "tank systems" and "electronic nicotine delivery systems".
  • Some E-cigarettes are made to look like real cigarettes, cigars or pipes while some resemble pens, USB sticks and other everyday items.
  • E-cigarettes produce and aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine--the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products--flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air.
  • E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. In 2018, 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students had used e-cigarettes.

  Health Update

Be sure to take time for yourself so you can be there for others this holiday season!